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The Grizzly 

Winter 2006 


Rachelle Poirier 

Design Editors 

Katie Chrapkowski 
Erin Lewis 

Photo Editors 

Christina Crow 
Jason Unruh 


Deidra Dexter 

Doris Huffman 

Andrew Dorpinghaus 

Computer Editor 

Mike Lentz 

Staff Writers 

Nicole Blanton 
Tamera Norman 


Kayse Holmes 


Mike Swan 

Contact the staff at 

Butler Community College 

901 S. Haverhill Road 

Building 100, Room 104 

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The Best Program 

How can you work with Emporia State 
University to earn a Bachelor of Science 
degree of elementary education, while 
attending Butler? Find out here, one of 
BuUer_Is best opportunities. 

Campus Life 

From students in the pep 
band, an athletic trainer and 
auto technicians at their 
best, see your friends hang- 
ing out around campus as 
these perfect photo 
opportunities are 

G Homecoming Preview 

What events are planned for 
the week of Feb. 13-17 in 
celebration of winter home- 
coming? A city-wide scav- 
enger hunt and a Texas 
hold'em poker tournament 
are among the festivities. 

Around the world 

Check out the top ten countries that 
International students have traveled from 
to attend Butler and a variety of different 
language translations. 

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After Butler 

Alumni who once attended Butler include 
the former president of Dr. Pepper, a 
computer programmer for NASA and a 
Dreamworks studios communications 

Rough Rider 

A sophomore's story on overcoming an 
injury that puts his career on hold. 
Follow him as his dedication to the sport 
leads him to pro rodeos once again as he 
lives his dream once again. 




A look into... 

A look into the music major. Read an 
interview with bassist from the Sideliners 
and learn about music opportunities for 

'Special Delivery 

Stop by Papa John's new Andover loca- 
tion, in the 5000 building located on 13th 
Street. The new restaurant gives students 
a chance to grab a warm meal even when 
they're on a tight schedule. 


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Butler County Community 

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Credits: Cover by Nicole N orris 

All bull riding photos contributed ay ijw 

Back Cover by Nicole Norris and Andrew Dorpinghaus. 

Contents by Rachelle Poirier 

L% Nixon Library 
lutlsr Community College 
901 South Haverhill Road 

Ringing in the New Year 

Many toast a glass of champagne and 
share a kiss at the stroke of midnight, 
while across the ocean they eat grapes? 
Learn more traditions and superstitions 
that are shared throughout the nations to 
ring in the New Year. 

£ O Classic Views 

From the art of swing dancing, an old 
drive-in and fashionable boutiques, take a 
leap back in time to admire these vintage 


Play Review 

The Radiance of a Thousand Suns, the 
Hiroshima Project Review. Find out all 
the positive and negative opinions of 

<J *£ Behind the Lens 

A look into some of the action of the 
, 05-'06 basketball season. Featuring both 
men's and women's teams. 

c? jl Butler Welcomes Facebook 

The famous Internet site keeping students 
in touch from many universities and 
community colleges is now available to 
Butler students. 


One Girl, Two Sports 

Follow Abby Sorensen's story as she 
competes in both basketball and softball, 
and her solution to competing in both as 
their seasons overlap. 



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Layout by: Christina Crow 

e sophomore, and partner Donah 
Crowl, Ottawa freshman, work hard on getting the 
moves down*** 
Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus. 

In auto class Ryan Sullivan, 
Wichita freshman, and Calvin 
Alston, Wichita sophomore(left), 
work hard getting a car ready for 
body work and a new paint job. 
Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus. 


(Above) Annalea Epp Oxford . ,. ".*& 

«w to spring p^J P a \ TZir° Ph0m0re - b ^ her 

™ny students in the athlel T '* There a ^ 

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Good friends Ashley Nienstedt, Hartford sopho- 
more, Jodi Comley, Shell Knob, Mo. sophomore, 
Emily Morgan, White City sophomore, andJenna 
Harmisgn, White City sophomore, all enjoy a night 
of skating during one of Butler s activity nights. 
Photo courtesy of Jodi Comley. 

(Inset) Tfie Butler pep band performs during 

pd between home basketball games to keep the 

crowd enh^tained and //jj*M"v^-c wndv tn nb-m 

Photo by Christina Crow. 

players ready to play. 

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Zions Bank 
Top of the Mountains 
Bowl Game 
December 3, 2005 

(Right) Some of the team gets a pep talk 
from one of the coaches during a break. 
Photo by Michael Lentz. 


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Man Anaerson an. 

broadcast the game from, high above the stadium 
for all tfie Butler fans that wereji 't able to make 
the triptb Salt LakeMSity,-. Ufahr-!* * <- **' «* 
Photo by Michael Lentz. *? 


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(Right) Running back Kenny Wilson, 
Liberal sophomore, goes for a long gain for 
the Grizzlies during the bowl game against the 
No. 13 Snow (Utah) Badgers. Photo by Michael 

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Wide receiver Jamario Kendrick, Parsons sophomore 
(left), makes a tough catch in the end zone for the Grizzlies. 
Photo by Michael Lentz. 


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>y Morrell receives the runner-up trophy for the 
tier Grizzlies. TM Grizzlies- fell to the Badgers 

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Design by Katie Chrapkowski and Erin Lewis 

Monday, Feb. 13. 

Movie night will take place in the Kansas Room at 7 p.m. 

Tuesday, Feb. 14. 

Join students in a few games of intramural basketball at 7, 8 and 
9 p.m. in the gym. Afterwards, for just a $2 entry, bowl the night 
away starting at 10 p.m. and ending at midnight. 

Wednesday, Feb 15. 

A city-wide scavenger hunt will leave at 7 p.m. from the Gold 

Thursday, Feb. 16. 

Participate in theTexas Hold 4 Em Tournament in the Gold Room 
at 7 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 17. 

Come to school decked out in your Butler gear for a chance to win 
a prize. 

Saturday, Feb. 18. 

Homecoming games at 6 and 8 p.m. against Dodge City Community 
College. The King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the 
men's contest. 

Represent. Join members of 
the spirit squad and help 
show Butler pride. The person 
best dressed in Butler attire 
on Friday, Feb. 18, will be 
awarded a special prize. 

Photo by Michael Lentz 

One, two, three.. .flip! Students Taylor Braet, Wichita sophomore, Marcus Martinez, Wichita soph- 
omore, Eli Obrien, Osage City sophomore, Dustin Bragg, Nick Eden, Valley Center sophomore and 
Assistant Track Coach Eugene Frazier play an intense round oj Texas Hold Em at the last Butler 
activity night. 

By Doris Huffman 

hen you are walking around campus 
and you see a sign that says BEST on it 
do you ever wonder what it is? BEST 
stands for Butler and Emporia from 
Student to Teachers. Did you know that you that you 
could earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in 
Elementary Education at Butler from Emporia State 

The program began with a Phi Theta 
Kappa/National Science Foundation Grant Butler 
received to develop pre-service teacher ed courses 
focusing on math, science and technology skills. As a 
result of the grant, the grant team of Shellie Gutierrez 
Education Lead, Lori Winningham, Dean, Behavioral 
Sciences Math, Science and Physical Education, 
Robert Carlson, Chemistry Lead, Susan Forrest, 
Biology Instructor, and Larry Lyman, ESU 
Department Chair in Elementary Education, devel- 
oped an action plan and thought of the name BEST to 
call our partnership program with ESU. 

Butler and Emporia offer the program which is a 2 
+ 2 program. You take all four years here at Butler. 
For the first two years you will pay Butler's tuition, 
but for the last two years you will pay Emporia's 

In the last two years your teachers will be from 
Emporia like Matt Seimears and Ashley Barth. Plus 
there is a block schedule they recommend you fol- 
low to finish in a timely manner. In the final year you 
will be assigned to a Professional Development 
School (PDS). 

A PDS gives the students a chance to work in a 
school environment. ESU has partnerships with 
Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Kansas City, Emporia, El 
Dorado and Topeka. 

The program requires 136 hours to complete the 
degree. If the student takes 17-18 credit hours per 
semester then they should complete the program in 
four years. 

Students must meet specific requirements before 
they reach Block 1 of the program. These require- 
ments include minimum grade point average, passing 
scores on the Pre- Professional Skills Test, documen- 
tation of completing 1 00 hours of supervised work 
experience with children or youth, plus completing 
reading, writing and spelling tests. 

Butler and ESU have a long standing articulation 
agreement that states which of Butler's courses trans- 
fer to ESU for their general education. The list is 
available at 

Emporia is ranked fourth in the 
nation when it comes to their Elementary Education 
programs, according to the Emporia Gazette on May 
24, 2005. 

Merle Patterson of El Dorado, PDS BEST program 
coordinator , was called out of retirement by Emporia 
to come work at Butler for this program. 

The program is for Elementary Education only. 
Patterson says, "We think Emporia State produces the 
BEST teachers." Currently there are 26 people 
enrolled in the program. There are over 400 inquiring 
minds wanting to learn more about the program and 
how to enroll. 

You can enroll in the program by going by Mr. 
Patterson's office in the 1500 building room 132 by 
either dropping by or calling and setting up an 

Best guy ever. Merle Patterson of El Dorado, PDS BEST program coordinator, was sitting at his desk get- 
ting things ready for upcoming events. 

He also mentioned that it was okay with them if 
there were people who wanted to change their 
majors during the middle of a semster and that 
you are more than welcome to do so. 

"ESU is very grateful to be a partnership with 
Butler," says Patterson. 

Upon completing all of the requirements of 
ESU with a C or better and all other tests, stu- 
dents will be recommended for licensure by the 
Kansas Department of Education as a teacher for 
grades K-6. 

For more information contact Merle Patterson. 
Contact information to the right. 

|* ESU Representative: 

Merle Patterson, BEST Coordinator 
Voicemail 316 -322 -3375 

Elementary Education Advising Office 

620 - 341- 5770 

or call toll free at 1 - 877 - 322 - 4249 


By Tamara Norman 

Since opening its doors in 1927, Butler 
Community College has made its mark on the 
educations of thousands of students from Kansas 
and around the world, holding them in to educate 
and inspire, and then releasing them, prepared to 
share their experience with the world around 
them. The choices infinite, Butler graduates 
choose a path that will guide them through the 
roads of life, applying their knowledge in ways 
that will improve and expand society through 
entertainment, government, and spirit. 

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exists to develop responsible, 
involved lifelong learners and to 
contribute to the vitality of the 
community it serves. 

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student-centered learning environ- 
ments and cultural opportunities 
that cultivate principles, productive 

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Vibrating through central Kansas 
as the early morning personality on 
Wichita's 96.3 FM, behind the scenes 
assisting in radio production, and 
marketing Butler Community 
College with her success featured on 
billboards throughout the county, 
Mikayla Boehm has already started 
down a promising career path, 
beginning with an Associates at 

"I decided what I wanted to do as 
a lucky break by enrolling in the 
wrong class," Boehm says. "I don't 
think I would have known what radio 
held without the experience I had at 
Butler and the passion carried out 
from the instructors." 

Successful in production, Boehm 
continues to work in the radio busi- 
ness as she returns to school in pur- 
suit of higher education and greater 

Road trip. Traveling the country with the 
National Guard, Washington enjoys the 
opportunities provided to him through 
the Air Force. 

Photographs courtesy Zach Washington 

2004, Associates in Liberal Arts 

Dividing his childhood between 
Germany, Japan, Texas and Mississippi in an 
Air Force family that would inspire his 
future, Zach Washington first spent two years 
at Butler Community College earning his 
Associates before joining the National 

"I grew up traveling with my mom in the 
Air Force, and it interested me in joining the 
Guard," says Washington. "The chance to see 
the world, serve my country, and make 
money at the same time is unbeatable." 

Stationed out of Forbes Field in Topeka, 
Washington is able to continue his education 
and hold a job while serving on the Guard. 
The computer classes and technology train- 
ing he experienced at Butler has laid the 
foundation to grow on in experience and edu- 
cation, enabling him to succeed as a 
Computer Support Specialist. 

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major that is 
available to 
many students 
-at Butler is a 
j major. You can 
eitSr be in instrumental 
niKic or vocal music. 
TH classes needed to get 
tip major are practically 
■ in stone. All four of 
fe semesters are planned* 
Lit in the Course 
,'atalog. Many students 
t BCC were asked in the 
w'ourth grade if they 
wailed to be in band and 
a-lot of kitJs did. There 
are some who have stuck 
with that even until now.* 
"I have always loved 
band. I never thought f* 
would get a scholarship 
for it," says Sandy 
Lockard, freshman from 
Bluestem. Butler offers a 
books and tuition schol- 
arship to students who 
audition and are awarded 
It. These stud Aits are 
hose that takopart in the 
pep band 
If the 
)otball and basketball 
ames), and also just 
Jgular concert band, 
■z band or vocal choir. 
To get this degree stu- 
is have to attend 
g for four semesters. 
have to take the 
'•'ike English Comp 
bllege algebra 
jh class. Also, 
k <ake classes 

like Theory of Music 1- 
4, Aural Skills 1-4, and 
piano proficiency. 

"I like being a mem- 
ber of the Sideliners. I 
get to keep up on sports 
and also get to hang out 
with some friends," says 
Lockard. The Sideliners 
attended ,all of the home 
fiaotballgamcfe and will 

basketbaltJiamcs. They 
play*pepp4$oiJgs such as 


"oping to 
the bowl 
rwith the 
tjut you 
have been to every home 
football game, they didn't 
get to attend the game in 

There are many dif- 
ferent jobs that you can 
get with this degree. You 
can be a teacher or a per- 

former. Performers can 
average between $23,820 
and $46,350 a year; how- 
ever, teachers can aver- 
age about $39,810 to 
$44,340, according to the 
Occupational Outlo ok 
Handbook 2004- y 
The salary for t 
job can depend 
what grade le\ 
teachers are 
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rom Australia to 
Zimbabwe and 
1 everywhere in 
l. between, Butler is 
known for hosting apporoxi- 
mately 513 International 
Students from 82 different 
countries, just this year. Out 
of those 513 students, 266 of 
them are considered 
Permanent Residents for the 
United States. Which means 
that after their time at Butler 
is finished, they will get the 
opportunity to stay in the U.S. 
if they wish to. The other 
246, which are considered 
International Students, will 
have to return to the country 
where they are from after 
they finish at Butler. The 
International students make up 
around 3.47% of the student 
body here at Butler of El 
Dorado. Before being accept- 
ed to Butler, the student must 
fill out the form 1-20 in order 
to then receive their F-I visa. 
Joseph Maina, one of 
the many International stu- 
dents attending Butler, is from 
Kenya. He is here on a track 
scholarship. Being here for 
over three months has given 
him a chance to get used to 
the American culture. "I really 
enjoy all the friendly people," 
says Maina. Like any Ameri- 

can, Joseph has grown to 
love certain foods. "My 
favorite foods are probably 
chicken, pizza, and 
mashed potatoes". One of 
the hardest things about 
coming to America was 
having to deal with every- 
thing on his own. 

"Now that I am away 
from my parents, I have to 
make sure and pay my bills 
by the time they are due." 
Cynthia Meyer, one of 
three International advisors, 
has been in this field since 
1 994, she has been here at 
Butler since 200 1 . 

"The 4-year-plus 
universities have more 
International Students 
enrolled , but Butler is one 
of the top community col- 
leges in the state in respect 
I to International Student 
enrollment," says Meyer. 
Since there are several 
Butler sites, many people 
often wonder which one 
has the most International 
Students. Pamela Hendrix 
"International Specialist" 
says that "10% of 
International Students at 
Butler attend full time at 
the El Dorado Campus, the 
other 90%o attend classes at 
the Andover Campus." 



number of International 

1. Kenya-46 

2. Nepal-33 

3. Malaysia-21 

4. Tanzania44 

5. Pakistani 2 
6. Sri Lanka41 

7. Japan-9 

8. Nigeria-8 

9. Mongolia-7 

Here's a look at a Few 
nternational students at butler 


Making a good example, Mai Van, sophomore from Viet Nam, studies her chemistry in the 1500 Building. 
Top Left Michal Tangaroa, sophomore from New Zealand, who came to play Softball on scholarship. 
Top Right Shota Fuckuma, sophomore from Japan. Bottom Left Calvin Lee, freshman, and Maxwell Poon 
(Bottom Right) sophomore from Hong Kong. 
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Good Time. Thomas holds on with all his strength waiting to hear that eight second buzzer, 
that lets him know all is well. 

By Erin Lewis 

n El Dorado native, sophomore Tyler 
Thomas, has had an amazing ride on his way to ending 
up at Butler. 

Having a father and an uncle that rode bulls, he 
has always been subjected to the dangerous atmos- 
phere. It was only natural for Thomas to ride as well. 

Actually riding bulls at the age of 14, Thomas knew 
it was something he wanted to do. 

Thomas, or "Tex" as his friends call him, rode bulls 
for El Dorado High School as part of the Rodeo Club. 
His senior year he made it all the way to the state 
finals. There he received a full scholarship to ride in 
the Central Plains Region for Pratt Community College. 

Bull riding is the only college sport in which you 
can accept money. In participating the rider himself has 
to pay for expenses. 

"It can be anywhere from $40 to $500 just to sit on 
a bull," he says. 

Attending Pratt for two years, coming within three 
credits of graduating- he decided to drop out to pursue 
bull riding competitively. 

"My parents were mad that I was quitting so close 
to graduating, but they were supportive. My dad went 
to all the competitions I was in," Thomas says. 

Riding in the Kansas Professional Rodeo 
Association (KPRA), led him all over the U.S., Kansas 
and Texas especially. This circuit was open to anyone 

Tyler Thomas 


to compete. Thomas also participated in Extreme Bull 
Challenges during his time away from school. 

Winning in a rodeo, or even conquering the strength 
of a bull, would give anyone a sense of pride and a 
right to boast. But when asked how many buckles, and 
how much money he has obtained through riding, he 
simply says, "I would have to sit down and calculate it. 
I have no idea off the top of my head." 

Things came to a screeching halt about a year and a 
half ago when Thomas was injured. He was in Cheney 
at a competition when his spurs got caught in the rope. 
It was all over from there. His foot caught in the rope 
caused his leg to be twisted and thrown about as the 
bull continued to buck. 

"I blew my knee out, tore my ACL and I now have a 
cadaver knee on the right leg," he says. 

This event is what led him back to El Dorado and 
aided in the decision in finishing his degree at Butler. 

"It's convenient and close to home," Thomas says. 

Thomas is predicting graduating in the Spring of 
'07. He is spreading out his classes as he now is work- 
ing in the Water Distribution Department for the City of 
El Dorado, which restricts his schedule. 

Even though time off has been needed for recovery 
of his knee, Thomas still practices on a bucking 
machine just about every day in his parents' back yard. 

"I will ride again. I bet I will within the next year," 
he firmly says. 

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"...Well, it's bulls and blood, It's dust and mud, It's the 

roar of a Sunday crowd, It's the white in his knuckles, 

The gold in the buckle, He'll win the next go 'round, 

It's boots and chaps, It's cowboy hats, It's spurs and a 

lot a go, It's the ropes and the reins, And the joy and 

the pain, And they call the thing a rodeo... 

Garth Brooks, Rodeo 

Boots and Spurs 

Protection Vest Ropin' gloves 



Riding Chaps 

Belt and Buckle Traditional Cowboy Hat 


Since the interview for this story, Tyler (Tex) Thomas entered himself in the Wrangler Pro 
Rodeo Classic which was held on Jan. 20-21. Due to the expiration of his Pro Card, he 
was not able to ride. He has decided to take off this spring semester to go back on the 
road to renew his card. This means starting from scratch to rise to the top once more. As 
a start he has already entered in two local rodeos since the Wrangler. 

Hats off. His heart is 
racing, left hand in 
the air, everything 
clears his mind as all 
he can think about is 
winning and escaping 
the bull's wrath. 



Now serving papa John's pizza in the classroom. 

By Rachelle Poirier 

With the growing amount of students 
attending the Andover campus, recent 
changes are being made for the con- 
venience of the students. More class- 
rooms are being added to provide a diverse variety of 
courses to offer at different times, and also the break 
room in the 5000 building is expanding. 

Generally, classes offered in Andover are three 
hours in length. For this reason, instructors typically 
give one or two 1 5 minute breaks throughout the 
class. In all three buildings in Andover, there are 
break rooms, where students can enjoy soda, coffee 
and a variety of snack vending machines. 

As of November, students can now enjoy the 
newly expanded and remodeled break room in the 
5000 building. They have added more tables, and 
vending machines selling soda, coffee, milk and 
juice, chips, candy, healthy snacks, ramen noodles, 
frozen mini pizzas and even ice cream. The newest 
addition is the new Papa John's built right in the cen- 
ter of the room, serving personal pan pizzas, pizza 
slices or full pizzas. 

So is the new Papa John's successful? 

President Dr. Jacqueline Vietti says, "Since the 
Papa John's endeavor has just begun it is too early to 

Hungry? Binhminh Le, Wichita sophomore, takes advantage of the new Papa John's facilty to grab a quick 
lunch between classes (Below). 

tell whether or not it is successful from a sales per- 
spective. However, initial feedback indicates that stu- 
dents are very appreciative of the project, so I am 
happy to label it a success from that vantage point." 

According to Vietti, the endeavor is a partnership 
between Papa John's and BCC. The college provides 
the snack room space rent free, and in return Papa 
John's has agreed to return a percentage of its sales to 
the college. 

"I like the new changes in the snack room," Sarah 
McAdam, Andover sophomore, says. "It offers a lot 
of choices for students who rely on 1 minute breaks 
to grab a bite to eat." 

So, with the growing number of students attending 
the Andover campus, will there be more expansions 
leading to a full size cafeteria? 

"I do not envision a full service cafeteria in the 
future," Vietti says, "but I do see the need for expand- 
ed food service and other student service options." 

Andover students usually have a one hour break 
between morning and afternoon classes, typically 
ending at 1 1 :30 a.m. and re-starting at 12:30 p.m. This 
allows most students living in or close to Andover to 
go home to eat lunch or to dine at nearby restaurants. 



By Rachelle Poirier 

The new year has arrived, now thousands of promises are being made around the 
globe to improve their lifestyles in the new year. 

Among the top ten resolutions are to lose weight, stop smoking, stick to a budget, 
find a better job, become more organized, exercise more, eat better and just overall 
become a better person. While we as Americans many times ring in the new year by 
toasting glasses of champagne and sharing a kiss at the stroke of midnight, other 
places around the world ring in the new year in their own way. 

In Austria, the suckling pig is the symbol In 1 , they also eat 12 grapes to bring good 

for good luck for the new year. It's served on a luck, but they also eat a 13th grape to assure good 
table decorated with tiny edible pigs. luck. 

The I place their fortunes for the 

coming year in the hands of their first guest. 
They believe the first visitor of each year 
should be male and bearing gifts. For good 
luck, the guest should enter 
through the front door and leave 
through the back. ^;<v 

At the first toll of midnight in Wales, the 
back door is opened and then shut to release 
the old year and lock out all of its bad luck. 
Then front door is opened and the New Year is 
welcomed with all of its luck. 

In Haiti, New Year's Day is a sign of the 
year to come. Haitians wear new clothing and 
exchange gifts in the hope that it will bode 
well for the new year. 

An old Sicilian tradition says good luck 
will come to those who eat lasagna on New 
Year's Day, but woe if you dine on macaroni, 
for any other noodle will bring bad luck. 

When the clock strikes midnight, the 

i eat 12 grapes, one with every toll, to 
bring them luck for the 1 2 months ahead. 

In Greece, special New Year's bread is baked 
with a coin buried in the dough. The first slice is for 
the Christ child, the second for the father of the 
household, and the third slice is for the house. 

The Japanese decorate their homes in tribute to 
lucky gods. One tradition, kasomatsu, consists of a 
pine branch symbolizing longevity, a bamboo stalk 
symbolizing prosperity and a plum blossom showing 

For the Chinese New Year, every front door is 
adorned with a fresh coat of red paint, a symbol of 
good luck and happiness. All knives are put away for 
24 hours to keep anyone from cutting themselves, 
which is thought to cut the family's good luck for the 
next year. 

The kiss shared at the stroke of midnight in the 
United States is derived from masked balls that 
have been common throughout history. As tradition 
has it, the masks symbolize evil spirits from the old 
year and the kiss is the purification into the new year. 

Norwegians make rice pudding at New Year's 
and hide one whole almond within. Guaranteed 
wealth goes to the person whose serving holds the 
lucky almond. 



Poodle skirts, drive-ins, and the 
Charleston are among some of 
the classic American pastimes. 
All are modernized and used in 
the now times and here's where, 
how, and how much! 

Photos by Nicole Blanton 

he 40s through '70s were very good in the fashion sense. The 'I Love Lucy' era of dresses and 
aprons while cooking, cleaning the house and bathing the children have long been over. But! Fear 
not! The oh-so-elegant high waistline, petticoats and pea coats are back with a vengeance. Such 
b. stars as Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Aniston have all contributed in the ushering in 
of the classy styles and clothing. 

For some high dollar vintage outfits, shoes and hats, places such as Klassic Line are a perfect fit. Their 
prices range anywhere from $10 on a bargain dress to $200+ for a gorgeous evening gown. Now, if it's super 
high quality [and prices] that is wanted, just go to Ebay. Although undoubtedly 

riskier, there are some very accredited 'online stores' available. There are feedback reports available for pub- 
lic view, and you can pay almost any way that's convenient. 

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there. Before spending hundreds on a mint-condition outfit make sure the local DAV's, Salvation Armies and 
Goodwills have been combed thoroughly. Most thrift stores even have a section marked 'Vintage.' 


unng the Depression there were two 
things that Americans cherished— cars 
and movies. On June 6, 1933, Richard 
M. Hollingshead Jr. opened the first 
drive-in theatre on Crescent Boulevard, Camden, 
NJ, with a showing of an Adolphe Menjou comedy, 
"Wife Beware." With an attendance of around 600 
people, imagine the income with an admission of 
25 cents for walk-ins, 75 cents for two people 
drive-ins and $ 1 per family. 

The idea of viewing a movie from your vehicle 
was ingenious! Talking during the movie was not 
prohibited because you were in your own private 
'theatre box'-- smoking was also allowed. The 
inventor of this project (Hollingshead) was a little 
before his time though. These outdoor theatres 
didn't catch on until the '50s. 

"Drive-ins proliferated at a spectacular rate, 
from 500 before World War II to about 5,000 in the 
late '50s and early '60s," says Chuck Darrow of 
the Courier-Post (an online publication). 

In Kansas there were originally 125 operating 

drive-ins. There are now only nine. Besides con- 
tributing to the amount of drive-ins, Kansas has also 
contributed to the amount of actors from that era, 
Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Hattie 
McDaniel— the first black woman to win an Oscar 
(for her role in "Gone With the Wind"). 

Opening in 1 949, Star Vu Drive-in has made El 
Dorado the home of the second-oldest drive-in that 
has remained in operating condition in Kansas. The 
oldest operating outdoor cinema in Kansas is the 
South Drive-in located in Dodge City. 


Back, to the very beginning of swing time, in the 1920s, 
swing was born into the USA. One of the styles at this 
time was the Charleston. The Charleston was named for 
Charleston, SC. The original Charleston (for there are 
many variations) is a lively dance. It involves turning the 
knees inwards and kicking out the lower legs. 

In 1927, the Lindy Hop was named- and quite by acci- 
dent. A newspaper reporter and one "Shorty George" 
Snowden were watching some of the swing couples danc- 
ing. The Lindy Hop was being done and the reporter asked 
what it was. Sitting on the bench next to them was a news- 
paper that had an article that read, "Lindy Hops the 
Atlantic." (Lindbergh had flown to Paris at that time.) 
Jitterbug, a bouncy six-beat, was later introduced in 1934. 

Although it started to spread in the '20s, swing dancing 

did not become widely accepted until the '40s (when dance 

schools began to teach all variations of swing). In 1938 
Donald Grant, the president of DTBA (Dance Teachers' 

Business Association), recalled swing music to be, "a 
degenerated form of jazz, whose devotees are the unfortu- 
nate victims of economic instability." The New York 
Society of Teachers was one of the first (and most resistant) 
to begin teaching swing like Lindy and Jitterbug. 

Jitterbug died out during the '60s and '70s, but in the 
1980s it was revived and danced to Country- Western music 
in Country- Western bars. 

The revival of swing dancing didn't stop in the '80s. 
There are an amazing amount of swing clubs, swing les- 
sons, and swing competitions throughout the USA. There 
are even places like which 
don't even require leaving the house to enlighten the feet! 

Wichita Swing Dance Society 

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson 6:30 - 7:30 pm $3-5 

DJ'd Swing Dance 8:00-10:00 pm $3-5 

Kansas City Lindy Hop Society 

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson 7:00 pm 

Social Dancing from 8:00 to 11:00 pm 

Jim and Stacy Farthing are a fantas- 
tic Father/Daughter duo. They teach 
hands on Swing dancing on the last 
Friday of each month at Word Of Life 
School. Only $lJor entry. 


The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: 

The Good... 

The drama depart- 
ment put on their 
second show this 
fall called "The Radiance 
of a Thousand Suns: The 
Hiroshima Project" on 
Nov. 18, 19 and 20. This 
was definitely a play 
designed for history 
freaks. Although my 
friends and I liked it, we 
are also very interested 
in World War II. 

The play started with a 
group of scientists wit- 
nessing the successful 
explosion of the first 
atom bomb in New 
Mexico. They all cele- 
brated and drank cham- 
pagne. After the first 
scene, the characters 
show you the steps that 
those scientists had to 
take to get to that day. It 
discusses the effects of 
creating the bomb and 
the death of the man who 
figured out the timing. 
With President 
Roosevelt's approval 
they created three bombs 
total. One test bomb, Fat 
Man, and Little Boy. 
Both of the others were 

The play discusses the 
bomb Fat Man which 
was dropped on 
Hiroshima. It describes 
the effects of the bomb 
first hand. The scientists 
are ashamed of the 
weapon they created, but 

The Hiroshima Project 

still go to Hiroshima to 
study the effects of the 
bomb. They hope that 
another will never be 

The play earned a 
ranking of 4 stars out of 
5 in my mind, but others' 
opinions differ greatly. 
The play was a produc- 
tion made to let people 
know what happened in 
Hiroshima and how hor- 
rible it was. 
~ Mike Lentz 

The Bad... 

First off I want to 
give all the 
actors and 
actresses a big 
round of applause for the 
wonderful job they did. 
Kevin Hurley, who por- 
trayed many characters 
in the play, did a wonder- 
ful job. The set design 
was great. It was not way 
overdone and the pic- 
tures in the background 
were an awesome affect. 
They really set the mood. 

The story line itself to 
me really wasn't all that 
good, but I am not into 
history. If you are a his- 
tory major then you 
would have loved to go 
and watch. As for some- 
one who already knew 
about the atomic bomb it 
wasn't the best story line 
that it could have been. 
Everyone is entitled to 
their own opinion and 
others have a different 
view on the play than I 
do. I would give the 
actors and actresses 5 
stars, but the story line 
gets 3 stars out of 5. 

~ Doris 


Photos by Doris Huffman 

Young Yumi reads a 
letter. Yumi is portrayed 
by Emily Young 

Together again.Yumi 
and her friend meet after 
many years of separa- 
tion. Yumi is portrayed 
by Emily Young. 

Mourning the loss. In 

back is Jarrod McNutt, 
Nick McGee, Brendon 
Muhlhausen, Emily Wiebe 
Christine Puga and Bart 

A man of many words. 

Kevin Hurley portrays 
many characters in the 



Working together. Adam Luke and Bart Ulbrich. 



Behind The Lens 

hotos and Layout by 

Jason Unruh 


Corey Bailey, Tampa, Fla Sophomore, shoots the ball over the strong defense of two Northern Oklahoma players. 


Brittney Lasley, Muskogee, Okla. sophomore, tries for a quick two 

Ladarious Weaver, Atlanta sophomore, takes a quick jump shot. 

LeKeisha Gray, Muskogee, Okla. sophomore, brings the ball to the 

Donnel Reaves, Lanham, Md. freshman, takes his shot after being 

Elizabeth Witte, Fort Wayne, Ind. sophomore, attempts a three point 
shot, her specialty. 

Coach Darryl Smith questions Coach Randy Smithson directs 
a call made by the referee. a player to move into position.^ ^T 

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Butler welcomes 

Upon graduation from high school, most 
seniors scatter all over the country to vari- 
ous colleges, which inevitably means most 
students lose touch with their fellow class- 

Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, founder of, students at most major universi- 
ties and some community colleges can keep in touch 
through this website. The site is open to a lot of 

Story by Katie Chrapkowski 
Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus 

schools, but not everywhere yet. 

In early December, Butler Community College 
was added to Facebook, making Butler the second 
community college in Kansas to be on the website. 
Johnson County Community College is the only other 
junior college in Kansas on Facebook so far. 

"Our school making Facebook was like an early 
Christmas present," Brianna Holloway, Osage City 
freshman, says. 

Time well Spent? Many Butler students, like Wichita freshmen Stephen Codwalloder and Krystal Hyson, use 
spare time between classes browsing through web sites like Facebook. 

The Facebook is an online directory that connects 
people through social networks at schools. The site 
was launched to the public Feb. 4, 2004, so 
Zuckerberg is still working to get more schools 

Joey Thompson, Derby freshman, says Facebook 
is a great way to catch up with old friends. 

"Since my dad is in the Air Force it's really neat to 
find old friends I have moved from," Thompson says. 

Facebook allows students to look up other people 
from their school and gives them the opportunity to 
make friends and join groups that have the same hob- 
bies or interests as they do. 

One of Butler's most popular groups that students 
have joined just so happens to be "Facebook is 
Taking Over My Life... and I'm Ok With It." Other 
popular groups are "College Would Be Sweet If 
There Were No Classes, Tests, or Homework" and "I 
Don't Know If Your Know This or Not But I'm Kind 
of a Big Deal... People Know Me!" 

Many athletes here at Butler also create groups in 
support for their teams. 

Dean of Student Life Adrian Rodriguez believes 
that it is a great tool that creates an excellent platform 
for students to come together to share ideas, interests 
and beliefs. 

"When used well it can benefit students in meet- 
ing other students they wouldn't ordinarily come in 
contact with, maybe from other campuses, and pro- 
vide announcements and information that can get to 
these students very quickly," Rodriguez says. 

Members of Facebook are able to put a picture of 
themselves along with information about them and 
they may also write on their friends' "walls" or even 
"poke" each other. 

According to the Facebook website, "Your wall is 
a forum for your friends to post comments or insights 
about you. You can always remove comments you 

don't like from your own wall." 

However, poking another member has no rhyme 
or reason to it. The website states, "We thought it 
would be fun to make a feature that had no real pur- 
pose and to see what happens from there. So mess 
around with it, because you're not getting an explana- 
tion from us." 

"Facebook is like socializing without having to 
leave your room," Holloway says. "It's really fun to 
leave crazy messages at three in the morning." 

Chris Hughes, spokesperson for Facebook, says 
that schools are no longer added to Facebook based 
on a certain number of requests from students. 

"We have added all the schools in the nation that 
distribute .edu e-mail addresses to their students," 
Hughes says. 

Wichita freshman Michael Bergsten is glad Butler 
was added to Facebook. 

"It's a fun way to make new friends and find out 
about events in the area," Bergsten says. 

Although most students really enjoy Facebook, 
others see slight downfalls to the website. 

"The website is fun but it's also addicting," Sean 
Sanders, University of Kansas sophomore from 
Derby, says. "I have spent countless hours on there, 
which means homework gets put on the backburner." 

Rodriguez added that he feels there are some 
drawbacks to Facebook as well. 

"The monitoring or filtering of infonnation on the 
site does not seem to be as advertised and, therefore, 
some of the text and/or pictures may be viewed as 
offensive or obscene to some," Rodriguez says. "I 
think when used properly Facebook can be a fun and 
interactive way to reach out to other Butler students." 

Though Butler was just recently added, many stu- 
dents have already jumped on board with Facebook. 
As of late January, approximately 1,117 students from 
Butler are members on the website. 

Story by Katie Chrapkowski 

Action photos courtesy of Mike Mackay 

It's not very common for any athlete to compete 
in two college sports, especially when their sea- 
sons overlap by almost a month. Abby Sorensen, 
Mulvane freshman, finds time to juggle being a 
point guard for the basketball team and an infielder 
for the softball team. 

"I like different things about each sport," she says. 
"Basketball is more of a challenge for me because of 
my size, while softball is fun because I get to play 
with some of my best friends that I have played with 
since I was seven." 

"Abby and I have been playing sports together for 
a really long time," Stephanie Tatum, Mulvane soph- 
omore and softball teammate says. "When we were 
younger we used to play sports with all of the boys in 
our neighborhood." 

Sorensen, at just 5 feet 4 inches, has been compet- 
itive in both sports for nearly 12 years. 

She was a four-year varsity letterman in high 
school basketball and three-year letterman in softball. 
Her freshman softball season was cut short due to an 
anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. 

On top of these two sports, Sorensen also played 
soccer since she was five years old but being on the 
softball team wouldn't allow her to compete in high 


Though other offers were up in the air, Sorensen 
chose to play for Butler on a softball scholarship. 

"Butler is close to home and had good coaches in 
both sports," she says. 

According to the Butler softball website, "Abby is 
an incredible athlete with great speed. Being a very 
versatile player, she will play both infield and out- 

Both sports have winning on the mind and with 
that ensues a hectic practice schedule. 

"She's fantastic at handling both sports," Lady 
Grizzly Head Basketball Coach, Darryl Smith, says. 

On top of school, Sorensen works hard at both 
sports every week, practicing softball for one hour, 
three times a week and basketball every day for two 

"You never have to worry about Abby not giving 
100 percent because anything else just isn't accept- 
able to her," Tatum says. 

According to Sorensen, there are different aspects 
of each sport she enjoys. 

"In softball there are a bunch of girls so you have 
to fight for your spot," she says. "All of us girls get 
along and we all always have fun together." 

Abby Sorensen 
Grade: Freshman 
Hometown: Mulvane, Kan. 
Basketball position: Point guard 
Basketball number: 24 
Softball position: Second base 
Softball number: 14 


According to Tatum, Sorensen is one of the hardest 
working players she knows. 

"As a pitcher I know that when Abby's on the 
field I don't have to worry about her not giving her 
all," Tatum says. 

Basketball, on the other hand, is a whole new ball 
game this year. _ 

Smith, a new coach this season, is working with 
the girls to get rid of a losing attitude. 

"We have great chemistry and I like being around 
my team," she says. 

Sorensen usually plays approximately 15 minutes 
per game and has started in three games so far this 

"She's a real good teammate and hard worker," 
Smith says. 

Though it's a lot of work, Sorensen has fun jug- 
gling basketball and softball. 

"I like to be busy and the coaches are willing to 

work with me and make sure I can be successful at 
both," she says. 

Smith stated that Sorensen is, "very coachable, a 
kind of athlete every coach wants on their team." 

"She's wonderful. We think the world of her," 
Smith says. 

Inevitably, Sorensen has been missing some off 
season softball conditioning due to the two sports' 
overlapping schedules. 

"Coach Smith always makes sure that I am talking 
to the the softball coach and not missing anything 
important," Sorensen says. "But it's going to be frus- 
trating at softball for awhile because I have missed 
out on some things, and that means I will have to sit 
out more, which I am not used to doing on softball." 

As of Jan. 24 the basketball team had a record of 
6-13. Softball is set to debut in Fort Worth, Texas at 
the Cow Town Classic Feb. 17-18. 

So little time, so much to do. Not only does Abby 
Sorensen, Mulvane freshman, play both basketball and 
softball here at Butler Community College, their seasons 
overlap each other. According to the Lady Grizzly Head 
Basketball Coach Darryl Smith, playing two sports is 
almost unheard of at the junior college level. Bottom 
photo by Michael Lentz. 

Butler County Community 

"You never have to worry about 
Abby not giving 100 percent 
because anything else just isn't 
acceptable to her/' 

Stephanie Tatum, 
Mulvane sophomore 

hamer this season the Lady Gr^kly basketball team took on Northeastern 
a, ending in a loss. Abbey Sorensen averages about three points per game.